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  • AP: Beyonce pulls out of performing at Coachella Fest
    <![CDATA[Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018.Answer our poll question: disappointed about Beyonce having to drop out of Coachella Fest lineup? In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice... Read more »
  • All single-user restrooms in California must be gender-neutral by March 1st
    <![CDATA[Here in California, the state is gearing up for its own change to bathroom laws at public places and businesses. Starting March 1st here in California, all single-user bathrooms must be gender neutral.That means if you don't have one of the "All-Gender Restroom" signs up, you could get in trouble.... Read more »
  • Prineville fugitive caught, arrested after brief chase
    <![CDATA[ A 29-year-old Prineville man wanted on an outstanding warrant ran from a parked car when a police officer arrived Wednesday evening, prompting a brief chase and nearby arrest, police said. Around 5:15 p.m., police responded to reported drug activity involving a car parked in the area of... Read more »
  • DNA evidence tests focus of Sawyer murder case hearing
    <![CDATA[ With family and friends of homicide victim Kaylee Sawyer looking on, as well as defendant Edwin Lara's parents, prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed at a Thursday court hearing over the reliability of the Oregon State Police Crime Lab's handling of DNA evidence. A defense lawyer asked that an independent... Read more »
  • West El Paso's Fiesta Lanes closing
    <![CDATA[Fiesta Lanes is closing its location in West El Paso.Steve Martin, the Assistant General Manager at Oasis Lanes, emailed ABC-7 the following statement:"After a decade and a half, Fiesta Lanes will be closing its doors at the end of March. As difficult a decision as this was to make, it... Read more »
  • Wet winter weather brings cleaner air & fewer no-burn days
    <![CDATA[The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reported that Southern California's wet winter brought cleaner air and the fewest no-burn days since the 2012-2013 winter season.Officials said due to the winter's potentially drought-busting rainy weather, the region has only had eight no-burn days this year. The 2012-2013 winter season... Read more »
  • Parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura counties remain in 'Severe Drought'
    <![CDATA[California may be out of the 'Extreme Drought' thanks to the recent rain storms, but there are still parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura County still in 'Severe Drought'.The two counties, which have been the epicenter of drought in California in recent weeks, received much needed rainfall."Over 8 inches of... Read more »
  • St. Charles La Pine clinic opening delayed to April 2018
    <![CDATA[St. Charles Family Care in La Pine, initially expected to open this fall, has been pushed back to April 2018 "due to unanticipated changes to the scope and impact of site improvements and infrastructure upgrades, " St. Charles Health Systems announced Thursday.Road, utility and site preparation work will begin in... Read more »
  • Big rig driver arrested for DUI after I-10 rollover crash
    <![CDATA[A semi-truck driver was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence Thursday after crashing into a guardrail on Interstate 10 in Chiriaco Summit, causing his truck to overturn and block the slow lane of the freeway throughout the day.Gorge Rodriguez of San Jacinto, 34, was behind the wheel of a... Read more »
  • Desert X art installation takes over the Coachella Valley
    <![CDATA[A new kind of art installation is taking over the Coachella Valley. It's called Desert X and it's various projects can be seen from the Whitewater Preserve all the way to Coachella.Organizers have been working to bring this type of show to the desert for nearly three years.For more information... Read more »
  • Last day for Fremont Hall students to pack up their stuff
    <![CDATA[Today, is the last day for students living at Fremont Hall at Cal Poly to get their stuff out.Students have a matter of a few hours to pack and label their belongings into boxes.For some of the first year students this is a family affair. Their parents and friends are... Read more »
  • NAFTA in Trump era is focus at US-Mexico trade forum
    <![CDATA[Mexican and U.S. business leaders attending a large trade conference in El Paso said Thursday their sectors will survive despite threats by President Donald Trump to dismantle or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Act - which he has labeled the worst deal in U.S. history. Those attending the Mexico's Manufacturing... Read more »
  • Semi crash damages I-10 bridge
    <![CDATA[Crews were working to upright a big rig semi truck early Thursday morning after it went off Interstate 10 and overturned east of the Coachella Valley.Update: Big rig driver arrested for alleged DUI from early morning crashThe crash was reported near Chiriaco Summit at 1:31 a.m. along the west bound... Read more »
  • DHS city council discusses potential home development project
    <![CDATA[City council members in Desert Hot Springs are split on a decision to move forward with a new housing development project that some are calling controversial.KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2's Lauren Coronado spoke to city council members on Thursday afternoon to get more information about the ongoing... Read more »
  • Ventura motel shooting injures two Arizona residents
    <![CDATA[The Ventura Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Motel 6 located at 2145 Harbor Boulevard.A 17-year-old and 18-year-old were injured in the shooting. Both male victims are from Arizona. Neither were identified by authorities.Ventura police say the 17-year-old teen was suffering... Read more »
  • Crews work to rescue injured hiker in Palm Springs
    <![CDATA[Emergency crews are responding to the Tahquitz Canyons in Palm Springs Thursday afternoon to rescue an injured hiker.KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 was at the scene at about 1:30 p.m. The hiker is being rescued on tribal land. Information about the hiker's injury is limited at this... Read more »
  • Man goes on trial in murder of popular Palm Desert High School math teacher
    <![CDATA[Jury selection began Thursday for the trial of a convicted felon accused of killing his 41-year-old girlfriend and dumping the educator's body at an Indio golf course.Michael John Franco, 46, of Indio, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of killing Jill Grant, a Palm Desert... Read more »
  • Men won't face death penalty for deadly shooting charges on I-10
    <![CDATA[Prosecutors have decided not to pursue the death penalty against two men accused in the deadly shooting of a Coachella woman, the ex-girlfriend of one of the defendants, who prosecutors say was killed in a car-to- car shooting on Interstate 10 after she was seen with a new boyfriend.Damian De Los... Read more »
  • UC Santa Barbara students help bring back native oysters
    <![CDATA[Honda Marine Science Foundation is teaming up with UC Santa Barbara's Bren School Of Environmental Science and Management in a year long research project in restoring native oysters.The Olympian oyster is the only native oyster to Southern California and it's almost completely vanished. The restoration project is hoping to change... Read more »
  • Westmont professor fascinated by new discovery
    <![CDATA[Westmont College physics professor Ken Kihlstrom has been reading up on a new discovery reported in Nature magazine.During an interview near the campus planetarium, Kihlstrom said he was exited to hear about a planet discovered 40 light years away that may be inhabitable.He said there are dwarf planets around a... Read more »
  • Wind uproots large tree in Desert Hot Springs
    <![CDATA[Windy conditions caused some damage in Desert Hot Springs overnight. The owners of the animal shelter, 'Kittyland, located at 1717 E Vista Chino, said a 30-foot tree on their property was uprooted overnight.First Alert Weather Team tracks upcoming stormsThe owners said they believe it will cost thousands of dollars to... Read more »
  • Employees head to protest, shut down two restaurants then get fired
    <![CDATA[Last Thursday, immigration protests popped up nationwide with demonstrations for a "Day without Immigrants." Some took place that same day in the Coachella Valley.Joe Funkey of Giuseppes and Smoke Tree BBQ in Palm Springs says his managers decided to keep the doors closed to go protest.In a statement, Funkey said... Read more »
  • Fire hydrant eruption drenching Goleta streets
    <![CDATA[A fire hydrant was sheared off causing water to shoot straight up into the air at Camino Real Marketplace.It happened before 9:00 a.m. Thursday in Goleta. The hydrant is a private hydrant owned by Costco. Goleta Water District officials on scene said no damage was reported to Costco or surrounding... Read more »
  • Oregon lawmaker looks to make osprey new state bird
    <![CDATA[SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon lawmaker says the current state bird is unoriginal, and instead wants to replace it.The Statesman Journal reports ( ) that state Sen. Fred Girod sponsored a resolution to replace the western meadowlark as Oregon's state bird with the osprey.The Stayton... Read more »
  • Portland council overturns exoneration of officer
    <![CDATA[PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland City Council has overturned the Police Bureau's decision to clear an officer who used force on a bicyclist in September 2014.The council, however, did not suggest Officer Bradley Nutting receive any discipline.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ( ) Nutting hit Matthew Klug... Read more »